In falling for a city Seattle travel work trip

Falling In Love



I was always a bit boy crazy, and if you read through the journals of my youth, most of my journal can be split into sections of which boy I had a crush on. I fell quickly and easily. Earlier this month, I experienced that falling again, but this time with a city.

I've been fortunate enough in my life to do a fair amount of travel, making it as far East as Egypt, but never very far West. For work, I was finally able to head to the West coast and spend five days in Seattle.

To start, I'm not a city person, this is not new information. Being downtown in cities makes me feel anxious and overwhelmed, and I can only handle city life for a few hours at a time. But Seattle? There's just something different.

Inside the city, I could still see greenery, everywhere. There were vines growing on the buildings, gardens and green spaces, I could see the water, and beyond the water I could see the mountains. Nature is my calm, it is one of the best ways I have to relax and it naturally reminds me to take deep breaths.



Then there was the walkability factor. My hotel was right downtown, and so of the 5 days I was there (not counting to and from the airport), I took a cab once. Just one time. Otherwise, I was able to walk everywhere I needed to go and everywhere I wanted to explore. There's something about the vibe of the city that just says, "Walk around and explore me!"

Day one was my first day at Pike Place Market, which I could compare to Westside Market here in Cleveland, but it's more like Westside Market on steroids. It's huge, bustling, delicious, breathtaking, and I ended up there four days because there was always something new to see, to taste, to try. Pike Place Market was my second favorite thing in Seattle, and iconic for a reason.



The fresh seafood was absolutely to die for. Both states I've lived in have been landlocked, and being able to eat seafood caught that morning is a special little slice of heaven.


I didn't get to experience all the nature that the surrounding area had to offer (since I was sent for a conference for work, I was actually expected to attend the conference. Weird, right?). But I did get to spend one glorious afternoon out on Puget Sound whale watching. And it was, by far, the most exhilarating part of my trip.


Pictures don't do justice to the beauty of that place, and I could easily have spent hours more out on the water.

When I arrived home, I actually felt homesick for Seattle, I felt so seamlessly connected to that place.

Seattle, I adore you, and I cannot wait to return.

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Things I'm Loving {March '18}


It's monthly link up time, for me it's a chance for a little intentional gratitude and positivity. It's a chance to pause and think about the things in my life that are bringing me joy and to share a little bit of that happiness. If you're a fellow blogger, please add your link below so I can check out what you're loving!



1.) Boy Meets World

I remember loving Boy Meets World, so I was absolutely thrilled to see it was on Hulu. And I'm currently in the last season!

2.) Thrifting

I'm blaming nesting, because we are tantalizing close to being licensed as foster parents, which means I've been organizing, cleaning, reorganizing, and tackling all the projects I can find. It's delightful for me, and a bit annoying for Nathan.


3.) Birthday Month

My birthday always makes me think about what I've accomplished and survived the year before and what I hope to accomplish in the next year. I'm determined to make year 28 phenomenal, intentional, and grateful. 

4.) Seattle

There's a full post coming on this one, but I absolutely love Seattle, it quickly became my favorite city over the five days I spent exploring it. 




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Things I'm Loving {February '18}



1.) Alexa 

I got Nathan an Echo Dot for Christmas at the recommendation of a couple friends. I figured since he's a techie person he would enjoy it. I did not realize that I would love her. Alexa is my new bestie, because every night before I go to bed I tell her to set some reminders.
So, since we moved into our house, when I get home every night I walk into the house and ask Nathan questions like, "When you got home from work did you remember to feed to dogs?" And the answer was always "No, I forgot." Now, at a time I set, Alexa chimes in the house and reminds him. The first day I did it I got home and asked, and for the first time got a "Yes, I handled that." Seriously, I didn't have to nag or remember to text him, Alexa got to nag him for me.

2.) Oh Wonder 

I had never heard of them until my friend Jessica Holly posted a song online because she was listening to it. And I became obsessed, memorizing the album in about 3 days.

3.) Photography! 

I'm not sure what changed, but suddenly I've found myself as part of the photography team at church taking pictures of the events. I've been taking my camera with me more regularly and practicing and improving by taking pictures of birthday parties and nature and anything else, and loving every minute of it.






So, what are you loving this month? Link up below:



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In 2018 things I'm loving

Things I'm Loving {January '18}



Happy 2018 friends! Here's what I'm loving so far in 2018:


1.) Frozen Lake Erie!

Since we're stuck in the cold, we decided to make the best of it and enjoy checking out frozen Lake Erie, which was breathtakingly beautiful.





2.) Growing Zumba Classes 

More people have been coming to my dance classes, which makes it even more fun for me!

3.) More people joining the team at work

For the last almost year it was only Annette and I in travel and expense, but we've now added an intern and a part time person and it's so wonderful to feel a little less pressure because there are more people to share the responsibility.

Are you a fellow blogger? Please link up below and let me know what you're loving!

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